The Best Reformer Pilates Review 2016

Pilates is a hugely popular form of exercise which can help you to lose weight, get stronger, improve your cardiovascular fitness, enhance your flexibility and boost your mental fitness. Sooner or later, most pilates converts end up looking for the pilates equipment for home. To do so, requires the purchase of a reformer pilates machine. In this article we discover the 10 best pilates reformers of 2016.

A Quick Glimpse at the Best Pilates Reformers

The best pilates reformer on the 2016 market is the Pilates Power Gym Plus, which features a faux leather glide board, 15 levels of elevation and an incredible 248 resistance levels. Our second favorite is the Stamina Aero Pilates XP 557, with its oak and timber finish, heavy duty springs and 15 inch elevation potential.

The best budget reformer pilates machine we found is the Stamina Aero Pilates 286, which provides 3 resistance levels, non skid supports and a heavy duty frame.

To help you make your comparisons between the top reformers, we’ve rated each of the Top 10 on the basis of price and durability. We’ve also given each one an overall rating out of 5. In the following section, we provide in depth reviews of each product.

The Top 10 Up Close

Pilates Power Gym Plus

Pilates Power Gym Plus

The Pilates Power Gym Plus is an extremely attractive design which is also highly functional. It features a faux leather glide board which looks great while providing an exceptionally smooth glide motion. The Plus model has ramped up your workout options, offering 15 different levels of elevation, and 248 resistance levels. You also get four heavy duty resistance cords, providing 16 different tension combinations.

The Plus model provides you with a push up bar so you can work your upper body. Adjustable foot straps allow you to secure your body in so you can work out with confidence. The frame on this machine is heavy duty, allowing you to push to your limit. Adjustment between exercises is quick and easy.

PROS

  • Leather glide board
  • 15 levels of elevation
  • 248 resistance levels
  • 16 tension combinations

CONS

  • None identified

Stamina Aero Pilates Pro XP 557

Stamina Aero Pilates Pro XP 557

The Stamina Aero Pilates XP557 is a step up from the 700 model, in that it provides extra cardio capability. The first thing you’ll notice about the XP 557 is that it is eight inches longer than most reformers on the market. This allows even the tallest of users to be able to get a customized fit on this machine.

The XP557 is made from heavy duty steel, complemented by oak finished timber to provide an elegant, though highly functional, design. You also get four heavy duty springs with varying resistance levels to provide a progressive level of intensity. The rebounder that attaches allows for a gentle, joint friendly way to get your cardio workout in. This unit also has elevation capability to 15 inches.

PROS

  • 8 inches longer than standard
  • Steel and oak finish
  • Heavy duty springs

CONS

  • Rail may not not align completely

Stamina Aero Pilates 286

Stamina Aero Pilates 286

The Stamina Aero Pilates 286 is a pared back budget version of the Stamina Aero series. It provides you with three resistance levels in a compact, lightweight, but surprisingly strong, design. Half a dozen non-skid supports ensure that the unit stays stable and secure on all surfaces.

This machine has superb ergonomic design, with features including a wider than normal foot bar, which is generously padded and curved for ideal positioning. The headrest is adjustable to three positions and the carriage and handgrips are all well padded. When you buy this unit, you also get 2 workout DVDs, a wall chart and a 3 year frame warranty. You also get easy transport wheels.

PROS

  • 3 resistance levels
  • Non skid supports
  • 2 workout DVDs

CONS

  • No pulley risers

Stamina Aero Pilates 700

Stamina Aero Pilates 700

The Stamina Aero Pilates 700 allows you to get a studio quality workout at home. It features a large free form rebounder that provides you with a great cardio workout. This rebounder is two inches taller than most, allowing for more versatility. Workout resistance is provided by four heavy duty elastic cords, which are complemented by smooth, ultra glide rollers. The result is an impressively smooth resistance motion.

The Stamina Aeropilates reformer with free form cardio rebounder has a heavy duty steel frame which is finished in gold. All ropes, straps and hand grips are completely adjustable to allow for a custom fit. This unit comes with an adjustable stand which lifts the unit up to 10 inches. The foot-bar is ergonomically curved and wider than standard.

PROS

  • Large rebounder
  • Very smooth motion
  • Adjustable stand to 10 inches

CONS

  • DVD’s may not play

Pilates Power Gym Pro 3

Pilates Power Gym Pro 3

The Pilates Power Gym Pro 3 provides you with a complete home gym in one unit. You get a bodyweight resistance system to work every muscle in your body. The Power Flex cardio rebounder gives you the ability to perform cardio workouts and the Pilates Gym Pro also acts as a traditional pilates device. A rugged steel frame gives you confidence that this unit is built to last.

Heavy duty cables and top quality bearings and rollers ensure that your workout is studio quality, without the stuttering movement that is common to lesser units. You also get 3 workout DVDs featuring the top pilates instructor in New York, Kristin McGee. This machine is very user friendly, requiring just a 2-step set up.

PROS

  • Power Flex cardio rebounder
  • Strong steel frame
  • 3 workout DVDs

CONS

  • Very squeaky

Merrithew At Home SPX

Merrithew At Home SPX

The Merrithew At Home SPX is a bundled package that comes with a number of accessories and two workout DVDs. You’ll be able to do more than 250 exercises on this compact unit. It comes with four 100% tension and one 50% tension reformer spring. This gives you a varied range of resistance so you can progressively increase the intensity as you get stronger.

A padded platform extender allows you to extend the length of the SPX reformer, and a unique four position foot bar ensures that your leg placement is ergonomically ideal. You also get extra thick cushioning on the pilates board seat padding and the extender, along with double stitching on all seams. Rubber feet improve the traction of the Merrithew At Home SPX.

PROS

  • 5 reformer springs
  • Padded platform extender
  • Extra thick seat cushioning

CONS

  • Quite uncomfortable to sit on

Studio Reformer

Studio Reformer

This compact pilates workout machine take the place of 17 gym machines to provide you with a total body pilates workout from home. It also gives you an effective cardio workout option. This Balanced Body Pilates Reformer is built to last, with a rugged, carbon steel frame. It also has an advanced glide board which is bigger than the standard and provides an impressively smooth glide action.

You get a range of variable resistance cords so that you can quickly change the intensity level of your workout. The height is also adjustable to 15 levels, allowing you to get the most challenging pilates workout possible. This machine even comes with a push up bar and you get three free workout DVDs.

PROS

  • Carbon steel frame
  • 15 height levels
  • 3 DVD workouts

CONS

  • Quite noisy to operate

Beverly Hills Fitness Supreme SPP089

Beverly Hills Fitness Supreme SPP089

The Beverly Hills SPP089 incorporates the first folding trap table ever on the market. This gives you a professional table that typically costs over $5000 as part of a unit selling for well shy of $400. An adjustable toning tower allows you to do pilates or barre work at your level. Included is a high density foam pad, and the patented free flow resistance technology means that every move is as smooth as silk.

The SPP089 is very strong, with a high tensile steel frame that can accommodate up to 300 pounds on user weight. An ab and body ball is included for use on the toning tower. It even has luggage style wheels for easy transportation.

PROS

  • Folding trap table
  • Adjustable toning tower
  • 5 DVD’s included

CONS

  • DVDs not very challenging

Stamina AeroPilates Pro XP556

Stamina AeroPilates Pro XP556

The Stamina Aero Pilates Pro XP556 comes complete with a high quality rebounder for all of your cardio needs. The rails on this unit are five inches longer than you find on most models on the market, making it suitable for taller users. This portable pilates reformer allows you to do a greater range of exercises than your standard reformer pilates unit.

The four heavy gauge elastic cords on the XP556 give you the ability to perform a full range of variable resistance workouts. Oversized, well padded foam shoulder pads ensure that your neck and trapezius are comfortable when you’re training. You get two complete training DVDs, along with a wall chart and a manufacturer’s warranty.

PROS

  • Rails 5 inches longer than standard
  • Well padded shoulder pads
  • 2 x DVDs

CONS

  • Bands difficult to adjust for tension

Bayou Fitness Total Trainer

Bayou Fitness Total Trainer

The Bayou Fitness Total Trainer is an incredibly affordable pilates reformer. It provides you with the durability, functionality and style that you’d expect from much more expensive products. You get 21 levels of fluid resistance, and a 400 pound maximum user capacity. It is also able to handle all body shapes and sizes, up to 6’, 7”.

The side rails on the Bayou trainer are chrome plated, and you get such extra as a biceps curl bar, a power bar to boost resistance and a pilates resistance band. The heavy duty squat board features attachments for squats, leg extensions and other lower body moves. Dual slide guide board pulleys give you a very smooth movement.

PROS

  • 21 Resistance levels
  • 400 pound user capacity
  • Chrome plated side rails

CONS

  • Difficult to fold up

Conclusion

Our favorite reformer pilates machine is Pilates Power Gym Plus, a very stylish yet functional machine that provides 15 elevation levels and 248 resistance levels. Running a close second is the Stamina Aero Pilates XP 557, offering very rugged springs, 15 inch elevation and a cool design. For a budget option, we recommend the Stamina Aero Pilates 286, which doesn’t have a rebounder, but provides 3 resistance levels, a solid frame and non skid supports for a balanced, sturdy workout no matter where you are.

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